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The definitive PHTML reference


Many people use fake HTML tags to help convey meaning. Unfortunately there is no standard for this, or even a common name.
In order to prevent confusion and encourage global harmony, I propose this standard.
Someone has to do it, and I've got nothing better to do.

First up, the name: PHTML - pig hypertext markup language. It's based on pig latin, as if you hadn't guessed.

If you have anything to add tell me about it.

OK, I admit it. I'm really stretching the definition of useful with this one. On the other hand, if you don't find humour useful then there's something wrong with you.


All tags must be written in full. Abbreviations are not acceptable.
If the meaning was obvious you wouldn't have to use PHTML.
Those who are ignorant of real HTML may not realise that src="" means source="".

To use PHTML in a HTML environment, use &gt; for > and &lt; for <.

The reference

Tag Definition
<PHTML></PHTML> PHTML is used here. Only needed for the humour impaired.
<confused></confused> Author is confused. Perhaps you should explain yourself.
<deadpan></deadpan> Text is deadpan.
<flame intensity=x%></flame> Break out the asbestos underwear - incoming flame.
<flame></flame> assumes 100% intensity.
<gloat></gloat> Author is gloating. Ask them to explain their evil scheme.
<ironic></ironic> Text is ironic.
<language=""></language> Sets language. For example Swedish Chef or Technobabble.
<music=""></music> Sets imaginary background music. Use source="" if you want to specify the origin.
<pseudocode></pseudocode> Text is pseudocode, for all you programmers.
<quote source=""></quote> Text is a quote. Use source="unknown" if you don't know the source.
<quote></quote> assumes unknown source.
<rant></rant> Author is ranting.
<rhetoric></rhetoric> Text is rhetorical.
<sarcasm></sarcasm> Text is sarcastic. Yes, really.
<silly></silly> Text is silly.
<smug></smug> Used for showing off.
<soapbox></soapbox> Strong opinion incoming.
<sound></sound> Sound effect. Can be used as a block element for background noises.
<style=""></style> Useful for impressions. Accepts source="" and type="". For example: <style="Salvor Hardin"
source="Foundation" type="soapbox">The Whitehouse* is the last refuge of the incompetent.</style>
<sulk></sulk> Author is sulking. Tell them to grow up.
<surreal></surreal> Text is surreal.
<tangent></tangent> Author is going off on a tangent.
* It's an example, not my opinion.


The following people have contributed to this reference - they obviously have too much time on their hands.

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